Jean-William Prevost announced a new innovative Far East Cycles product. Here is his comment and explanation on the Slimdawg:
"I'm blessed to have Far East Cycles produce my signature flatland fork-hub combo this year. The name is SLIMDAWG. 85MM width instead of 100MM. The concept is simple yet the implications are great. Ride longer pegs without getting further away from the wheel, or just get closer to the center of the wheel! More clearance without having to pull more! It will be sold with a carbon/aluminium hub shell or entire aluminium CNC'd hub. Will be available only for 10MM axles at 2 price ranges. Stay tuned!"
We like the attention to the detail! Let's see if this might become the new standard.
The Highway to Hill BMX festival is featuring a flatland contest this year. The location is the famous Mellowpark in Germany's capital Berlin. On Saturday 12th May there will be qualifications for amateur and pro followed by the finals on Sunday. The flatland contest is part of the German Championship. You can find more details here: Highway to Hill
Matti Hemmings told us about an addition to the UK Flatland Championships on Saturday 21 July. It's named after the venue DreamLand. DreamLand Margate is an amusement park with vintage rides, roller disco, art installations, street food and more. The Am and Pro class will have free entry to the competition. There are prizes for am class and prizes + cash (£1000) in Pro.
First of all respect to Steven Lapsley for putting together a good old video project with riders from all around the world. It feels a bit like watching an oldschool flatland DVD or VHS. Forget What You Heard is now online for free. You can watch it on Vimeo or download through the link below.
"We live in an era where social media makes seeing daily BMX videos easy. So we set out to do something that wasn’t just a flash in the pan Instagram clip or quick YouTube video. Something that all the riders really took their time to film.
The goal was to present something that had a wide variety of styles and personalities from riders who don’t normally release full parts often, if at all. We attempted to create a certain vibe from start to finish. Something different than what you are used to seeing.
Forget what you heard...
A film by Steven Lapsley. Featuring full sections by Ahmed Johnson, Gurvan Le Bloc’h, Hirokazu Miura, Jérémy Brosset, Joris Bretagnolles, Mateus Beckmann, Naoto Tamaru, Rodolphe Clavelier and Yorihisa Shiota."
Matthias won the first official UCI Flatland World Cup event ever followed by Viki and Alex. Congratulations! The UCI doesn't provide a ranking on their website at the moment but as far as we understand the FISE Jeddah didn't count towards the World Cup and Hiroshima was the first official event.
Check out Matthias' final run above. The complete finals are available here.
FISE Hiroshima Results 1st Matthias Dandois 2nd Viki Gomez 3rd Alex Jumelin 4th Jean William Prevost 5th Hiro Morizaki 6th Takahiro Ikeda 7th Moto Sasaki 8th Benjamin Hudson
FISE is coming to Hiroshima in Japan for the first time. As usual you can expect good live coverage of the contests on Youtube. Above is the link to the flatland finals which is scheduled for Saturday April 7.
The original time schedule has been changed due to the weather forecast. Below is the updated schedule for flatland: (local timezone UTC-9) 9.45am – 12.15pm Qualification UCI BMX Freestyle Flatland World Cup 12.45pm – 2.45pm Qualification Breaking 3.00pm – 4.20pm Semi Final UCI BMX Freestyle Flatland World Cup 4.30pm – 5.15pm Final Breaking
More information about the schedule and other contests is available on fise.fr